Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud – Portion 17.v

Exodus 19,7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which the LORD commanded him. 8 And all the people answered together, and said:

‘All that the LORD hath spoken we will do.’

And Moses reported the words of the people unto the LORD. 9 And the LORD said unto Moses:

‘Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and may also believe thee for ever.’

And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD. 10 And the LORD said unto Moses:

‘Go unto the people, and sanctify them to-day and to-morrow, and let them wash their garments, 11 and be ready against the third day; for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. 12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying:

Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it; whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death; 13 no hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live; when the ram’s horn soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.’

14 And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their garments. 15 And he said unto the people:

‘Be ready against the third day; come not near a woman.’

16 And it came to pass on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of a horn exceeding loud; and all the people that were in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 18 Now mount Sinai was altogether on smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19 And when the voice of the horn waxed louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by a voice.

Rav Daniel Saenz-Gonzalez
Chaplain, The Church of Pasadena
text: 432-230-7791
mail: 506 S. Shaver St., Pasadena TX 77506

sing unto the LORD, all the earth – Writings:Psalms 96

Psalms Chapter 96

1 O sing unto the LORD a new song;
sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
2 Sing unto the LORD, bless His name;
proclaim His salvation from day to day.
3 Declare His glory among the nations,
His marvellous works among all the peoples.
4 For great is the LORD, and highly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the peoples are things of nought;
but the LORD made the heavens.
6 Honour and majesty are before Him;
strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
7 Ascribe unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the peoples,
ascribe unto the LORD glory and strength.
8 Ascribe unto the LORD the glory due unto His name;
bring an offering, and come into His courts.
9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness;
tremble before Him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations:
‘The LORD reigneth.’
The world also is established that it cannot be moved; {N}
He will judge the peoples with equity.
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof;
12 Let the field exult; and all that is therein;
then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy;
13 Before the LORD, for He is come;
for He is come to judge the earth; {N}
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples in His faithfulness. {P}

Ye shall be Mine own treasure from among all peoples – Portion 17.iv


Exodus Chapter 19
1 In the third month after the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 And when they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the wilderness of Sinai, they encamped in the wilderness; and there Israel encamped before the mount. 3 And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying:

‘Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel:

4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto Myself. 5 Now therefore, if ye will hearken unto My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be Mine own treasure from among all peoples; for all the earth is Mine; 6 and ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.’

Rav Daniel Saenz-Gonzalez
Chaplain, The Church of Pasadena
text: 432-230-7791
mail: 506 S. Shaver St., Pasadena TX 77506

Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker – Writings:Psalms 95

Psalms Chapter 95

1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD;
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving,
let us shout for joy unto Him with psalms.
3 For the LORD is a great God,
and a great King above all gods;
4 In whose hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are His also.
5 The sea is His, and He made it;
and His hands formed the dry land.
6 O come, let us bow down and bend the knee;
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
7 For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture,
and the flock of His hand. {N}
To-day, if ye would but hearken to His voice!
8 ‘Harden not your heart, as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the wilderness;
9 When your fathers tried Me, proved Me, even though they saw My work.
10 For forty years was I wearied with that generation, and said:
It is a people that do err in their heart, {N}
and they have not known My ways;
11 Wherefore I swore in My wrath, that they should not enter into My rest.’ {P}

they judged the people at all seasons – Portion 17.iii


Exodus 18,24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father-in-law, and did all that he had said. 25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves. 27 And Moses let his father-in-law depart; and he went his way into his own land. {P}

Thy comforts delight my soul – Writings:Psalms 94

Psalms Chapter 94

1 O LORD, Thou God to whom vengeance belongeth, Thou God to whom vengeance belongeth, shine forth.
2 Lift up Thyself, Thou Judge of the earth;
render to the proud their recompense.
3 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked exult?
4 They gush out, they speak arrogancy;
all the workers of iniquity bear themselves loftily.
5 They crush Thy people, O LORD, and afflict Thy heritage.
6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
7 And they say:
‘The LORD will not see, neither will the God of Jacob give heed.’
8 Consider, ye brutish among the people;
and ye fools, when will ye understand?
9 He that planted the ear, shall He not hear?
He that formed the eye, shall He not see?
10 He that instructeth nations, shall not He correct?
even He that teacheth man knowledge?
11 The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
12 Happy is the man whom Thou instructest, O LORD, and teachest out of Thy law;
13 That Thou mayest give him rest from the days of evil, until the pit be digged for the wicked.
14 For the LORD will not cast off His people, neither will He forsake His inheritance.
15 For right shall return unto justice, and all the upright in heart shall follow it.
16 Who will rise up for me against the evil-doers?
Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
17 Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had soon dwelt in silence.
18 If I say:
‘My foot slippeth’,
Thy mercy, O LORD, holdeth me up.
19 When my cares are many within me, Thy comforts delight my soul.
20 Shall the seat of wickedness have fellowship with Thee, which frameth mischief by statute?
21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood.
22 But the LORD hath been my high tower, and my God the rock of my refuge.
23 And He hath brought upon them their own iniquity, and will cut them off in their own evil; {N}
the LORD our God will cut them off. {P}

Delegate the work of the Kingdom – Portion 17.ii


13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people; and the people stood about Moses from the morning unto the evening. 14 And when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did to the people, he said:

‘What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand about thee from morning unto even?’

15 And Moses said unto his father-in-law:

‘Because the people come unto me to inquire of God; 16 when they have a matter, it cometh unto me; and I judge between a man and his neighbour, and I make them know the statutes of God, and His laws.’

17 And Moses’ father-in-law said unto him:

‘The thing that thou doest is not good. 18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee; for the thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone. 19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God be with thee: be thou for the people before God, and bring thou the causes unto God. 20 And thou shalt teach them the statutes and the laws, and shalt show them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. 21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating unjust gain; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 22 And let them judge the people at all seasons; and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge themselves; so shall they make it easier for thee and bear the burden with thee. 23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people also shall go to their place in peace.’

Above the voices of many waters – Writings:Psalms 93

Psalms Chapter 93

1 The LORD reigneth;
He is clothed in majesty; {N}
the LORD is clothed, He hath girded Himself with strength;
yea, the world is established, that it cannot be moved.
2 Thy throne is established of old;
Thou art from everlasting.
3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.
4 Above the voices of many waters, the mighty breakers of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty.
5 Thy testimonies are very sure, holiness becometh Thy house, O LORD, for evermore. {P}

How great are Thy works, O LORD! – Writings:Psalms 92

Psalms Chapter 92

1 A Psalm, a Song.
For the sabbath day.
2 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O Most High;
3 To declare Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness in the night seasons,
4 With an instrument of ten strings, and with the psaltery;
with a solemn sound upon the harp.
5 For Thou, LORD, hast made me glad through Thy work;
I will exult in the works of Thy hands.
6 How great are Thy works, O LORD! Thy thoughts are very deep.
7 A brutish man knoweth not, neither doth a fool understand this.
8 When the wicked spring up as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish;
it is that they may be destroyed for ever.
9 But Thou, O LORD, art on high for evermore.
10 For, lo, Thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, Thine enemies shall perish: {N}
all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
11 But my horn hast Thou exalted like the horn of the wild-ox;
I am anointed with rich oil.
12 Mine eye also hath gazed on them that lie in wait for me, {N}
mine ears have heard my desire of the evil-doers that rise up against me.
13 The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree;
he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
14 Planted in the house of the LORD, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.
15 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age;
they shall be full of sap and richness;
16 To declare that the LORD is upright, my Rock, in whom there is no unrighteousness. {P}

I have been a stranger in a strange land – Portion 17.i

Exodus Chapter 18
1 Now Jethro, the priest of Midian,

Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel His people, how that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt. 2 And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her away, 3 and her two sons; of whom the name of the one was Gershom; for he said:

‘I have been a stranger in a strange land’;

4 and the name of the other was Eliezer:

‘for the God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh.’

5 And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness where he was encamped, at the mount of God; 6 and he said unto Moses:

‘I thy father-in-law Jethro am coming unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her.’

7 And Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and bowed down and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare; and they came into the tent. 8 And Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the LORD delivered them. 9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD had done to Israel, in that He had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians. 10 And Jethro said:

‘Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh; who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods; yea, for that they dealt proudly against them.’

12 And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took a burnt-offering and sacrifices for God; and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law before God.

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him- Writings:Psalms 90/91

Psalms Chapter 90

1 A Prayer of Moses the man of God. {N}

Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling-place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, {N}
even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.
3 Thou turnest man to contrition;
and sayest:
‘Return, ye children of men.’
4 For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, {N}
and as a watch in the night.
5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood;
they are as a sleep;
in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up;
in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
7 For we are consumed in Thine anger, and by Thy wrath are we hurried away.
8 Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance.
9 For all our days are passed away in Thy wrath;
we bring our years to an end as a tale that is told.
10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten, or even by reason of strength fourscore years; {N}
yet is their pride but travail and vanity; {N}
for it is speedily gone, and we fly away.
11 Who knoweth the power of Thine anger, and Thy wrath according to the fear that is due unto Thee?
12 So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.
13 Return, O LORD;
how long? And let it repent Thee concerning Thy servants.
14 O satisfy us in the morning with Thy mercy;
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad according to the days wherein Thou hast afflicted us, according to the years wherein we have seen evil.
16 Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, and Thy glory upon their children.
17 And let the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; {N}
establish Thou also upon us the work of our hands;
yea, the work of our hands establish Thou it. {P}

Psalms Chapter 91

1 O thou that dwellest in the covert of the Most High, and abidest in the shadow of the Almighty;
2 I will say of the LORD, who is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust,
3 That He will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He will cover thee with His pinions, and under His wings shalt thou take refuge;
His truth is a shield and a buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Of the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor of the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand;
it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold, and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 For thou hast made the LORD who is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation.
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy tent.
11 For He will give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee upon their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and asp;
the young lion and the serpent shalt thou trample under feet.
14 ‘Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him, and bring him to honour.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and make him to behold My salvation.’ {P}

The hand upon the throne of the LORD – Portion 16.vi,vii

[I want to wish you all peace and rest for the sabbath and have a nice weekend. d.g.]

Exodus 16,11 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
16,12 ‘I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel.

Speak unto them, saying:
At dusk ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.’

16,13 And it came to pass at even, that the quails came up, and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew round about the camp. 16,14 And when the layer of dew was gone up, behold upon the face of the wilderness a fine, scale-like thing, fine as the hoar-frost on the ground. 16,15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another:

‘What is it?’–

for they knew not what it was.

And Moses said unto them:

‘It is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat. 16,16 This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded:
Gather ye of it every man according to his eating; an omer a head, according to the number of your persons, shall ye
take it, every man for them that are in his tent.’

16,17 And the children of Israel did so, and gathered some more, some less. 16,18 And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating. 16,19 And Moses said unto them:

‘Let no man leave of it till the morning.’

16,20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and rotted; and Moses was wroth with them. 16,21 And they gathered it morning by morning, every man according to his eating; and as the sun waxed hot, it melted. 16,22 And it came to pass that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one; and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. 16,23 And he said unto them:

‘This is that which the LORD hath spoken:
To-morrow is a solemn rest, a holy sabbath unto the LORD. Bake that which ye will bake, and seethe that which ye will
seethe; and all that remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.’

16,24 And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade; and it did not rot, neither was there any worm therein. 16,25 And Moses said:

‘Eat that to-day; for to-day is a sabbath unto the LORD; to-day ye shall not find it in the field. 16,26 Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.’

16,27 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that there went out some of the people to gather, and they found none. {S} 16,28 And the LORD said unto Moses:

‘How long refuse ye to keep My commandments and My laws? 16,29 See that the LORD hath given you the sabbath;
therefore He giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of
his place on the seventh day.’

16,30 So the people rested on the seventh day. 16,31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna; and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey. 16,32 And Moses said:

‘This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded:
Let an omerful of it be kept throughout your generations; that they may see the bread wherewith I fed you in the
wilderness, when I brought you forth from the land of Egypt.’

16,33 And Moses said unto Aaron:

‘Take a jar, and put an omerful of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept throughout your

16,34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept. 16,35 And the children of Israel did eat the manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat the manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan. 16,36 Now an omer is the tenth part of an ephah. {P}
17,1 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, by their stages, according to the commandment of the LORD, and encamped in Rephidim; and there was no water for the people to drink. 17,2 Wherefore the people strove with Moses, and said:

‘Give us water that we may drink.’
And Moses said unto them:
‘Why strive ye with me? wherefore do ye try the LORD?’

17,3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said:

‘Wherefore hast thou brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?’

17,4 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying:

‘What shall I do unto this people? they are almost ready to stone me.’

17,5 And the LORD said unto Moses:

‘Pass on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thy hand, and go. 17,6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink.’

And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 17,7 And the name of the place was called Massah, and Meribah, because of the striving of the children of Israel, and because they tried the LORD, saying:

‘Is the LORD among us, or not?’ {P}

17,8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 17,9 And Moses said unto Joshua:

‘Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek; tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.’

17,10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 17,11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 17,12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 17,13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. {P}
17,14 And the LORD said unto Moses:

‘Write this for a memorial in the book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.’

17,15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Adonai-nissi. 17,16 And he said:

‘The hand upon the throne of the LORD: the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.’ {P}

In the morning doth my prayer come to meet Thee – Writings:Psalms 88/89

Psalms Chapter 88

1 A Song, a Psalm of the sons of Korah; {N}
for the Leader; upon Mahalath Leannoth. Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite.

2 O LORD, God of my salvation, what time I cry in the night before Thee,
3 Let my prayer come before Thee, incline Thine ear unto my cry.
4 For my soul is sated with troubles, and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.
5 I am counted with them that go down into the pit; I am become as a man that hath no help;
6 Set apart among the dead, {N}
like the slain that lie in the grave, whom Thou rememberest no more; {N}
and they are cut off from Thy hand.
7 Thou hast laid me in the nethermost pit, in dark places, in the deeps.
8 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and all Thy waves Thou pressest down.


9 Thou hast put mine acquaintance far from me;
Thou hast made me an abomination unto them;
I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.
10 Mine eye languisheth by reason of affliction; {N}
I have called upon Thee, O LORD, every day, I have spread forth my hands unto Thee.
11 Wilt Thou work wonders for the dead? Or shall the shades arise and give Thee thanks?


12 Shall Thy mercy be declared in the grave? or Thy faithfulness in destruction?
13 Shall Thy wonders be known in the dark? and Thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
14 But as for me, unto Thee, O LORD, do I cry, and in the morning doth my prayer come to meet Thee.
15 LORD, why castest Thou off my soul? Why hidest Thou Thy face from me?
16 I am afflicted and at the point of death from my youth up;
I have borne Thy terrors, I am distracted.
17 Thy fierce wrath is gone over me;
Thy terrors have cut me off.
18 They came round about me like water all the day;
they compassed me about together.
19 Friend and companion hast Thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness. {P}

Psalms Chapter 89

1 Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.

2 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever;
to all generations will I make known Thy faithfulness with my mouth.
3 For I have said:
‘For ever is mercy built;
in the very heavens Thou dost establish Thy faithfulness.
4 I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn unto David My servant:
5 For ever will I establish thy seed, and build up thy throne to all generations.’


6 So shall the heavens praise Thy wonders, O LORD, Thy faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.
7 For who in the skies can be compared unto the LORD, who among the sons of might can be likened unto the LORD,
8 A God dreaded in the great council of the holy ones, and feared of all them that are about Him?
9 O LORD God of hosts, who is a mighty one, like unto Thee, O LORD? And Thy faithfulness is round about Thee.
10 Thou rulest the proud swelling of the sea; when the waves thereof arise, Thou stillest them.
11 Thou didst crush Rahab, as one that is slain; Thou didst scatter Thine enemies with the arm of Thy strength.
12 Thine are the heavens, Thine also the earth; the world and the fulness thereof, Thou hast founded them.
13 The north and the south, Thou hast created them; Tabor and Hermon rejoice in Thy name.
14 Thine is an arm with might; strong is Thy hand, and exalted is Thy right hand.
15 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Thy throne; mercy and truth go before Thee.
16 Happy is the people that know the joyful shout; they walk, O LORD, in the light of Thy countenance.
17 In Thy name do they rejoice all the day; and through Thy righteousness are they exalted.
18 For Thou art the glory of their strength; and in Thy favour our horn is exalted.
19 For of the LORD is our shield; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.
20 Then Thou spokest in vision to Thy godly ones, and saidst:
‘I have laid help upon one that is mighty; {N}
I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
21 I have found David My servant; with My holy oil have I anointed him;
22 With whom My hand shall be established; Mine arm also shall strengthen him.
23 The enemy shall not exact from him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
24 And I will beat to pieces his adversaries before him, and smite them that hate him.
25 But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him; and through My name shall his horn be exalted.
26 I will set his hand also on the sea, and his right hand on the rivers.
27 He shall call unto Me: Thou art my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
28 I also will appoint him first-born, the highest of the kings of the earth.
29 For ever will I keep for him My mercy, and My covenant shall stand fast with him.
30 His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.
31 If his children forsake My law, and walk not in Mine ordinances;
32 If they profane My statutes, and keep not My commandments;
33 Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with strokes.
34 But My mercy will I not break off from him, nor will I be false to My faithfulness.
35 My covenant will I not profane, nor alter that which is gone out of My lips.
36 Once have I sworn by My holiness: Surely I will not be false unto David;
37 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before Me.
38 It shall be established for ever as the moon; and be stedfast as the witness in sky.’


39 But Thou hast cast off and rejected, Thou hast been wroth with Thine anointed.
40 Thou hast abhorred the covenant of Thy servant; Thou hast profaned his crown even to the ground.
41 Thou hast broken down all his fences; Thou hast brought his strongholds to ruin.
42 All that pass by the way spoil him; he is become a taunt to his neighbours.
43 Thou hast exalted the right hand of his adversaries; Thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.
44 Yea, Thou turnest back the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle.
45 Thou hast made his brightness to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.
46 The days of his youth hast Thou shortened; Thou hast covered him with shame. Selah
47 How long, O LORD, wilt Thou hide Thyself for ever? How long shall Thy wrath burn like fire?
48 O remember how short my time is; for what vanity hast Thou created all the children of men!
49 What man is he that liveth and shall not see death, that shall deliver his soul from the power of the grave? Selah
50 Where are Thy former mercies, O Lord, which Thou didst swear unto David in Thy faithfulness?
51 Remember, Lord, the taunt of Thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom [the taunt of] so many peoples;
52 Wherewith Thine enemies have taunted, O LORD, wherewith they have taunted the footsteps of Thine anointed.

53 Blessed be the LORD for evermore.
Amen, and Amen. {P}

I am the LORD that healeth thee – Portion 16.(4),5

Exodus 14,26 And the LORD said unto Moses:
‘Stretch out thy hand over the sea,

that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.’
14,27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 14,28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, even all the host of Pharaoh that went in after them into the sea; there remained not so much as one of them. 14,29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 14,30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea-shore. 14,31 And Israel saw the great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians, and the people feared the LORD; and they believed in the LORD, and in His servant Moses. {P}

15,1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spoke, saying:
I will sing unto the LORD, for He is highly exalted;
the horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea.
15,2 The LORD is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will glorify Him; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
15,3 The LORD is a man of war, The LORD is His name.
15,4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath He cast into the sea,
and his chosen captains are sunk in the Red Sea.
15,5 The deeps cover them–

they went down into the depths like a stone.

15,6 Thy right hand, O LORD, glorious in power, Thy right hand, O LORD, dasheth in pieces the enemy.
15,7 And in the greatness of Thine excellency Thou overthrowest them that rise up against Thee;
Thou sendest forth Thy wrath, it consumeth them as stubble.
15,8 And with the blast of Thy nostrils the waters were piled up–

the floods stood upright as a heap; the deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea. 15,9 The enemy said:
‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.’
15,10 Thou didst blow with Thy wind, the sea covered them;
they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
15,11 Who is like unto Thee, O LORD, among the mighty?
who is like unto Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
15,12 Thou stretchedst out Thy right hand–

the earth swallowed them.
15,13 Thou in Thy love hast led the people that Thou hast redeemed;
Thou hast guided them in Thy strength to Thy holy habitation.
15,14 The peoples have heard, they tremble;
pangs have taken hold on the inhabitants of Philistia.
15,15 Then were the chiefs of Edom affrighted;
the mighty men of Moab, trembling taketh hold upon them;
all the inhabitants of Canaan are melted away.
15,16 Terror and dread falleth upon them;
by the greatness of Thine arm they are as still as a stone;
till Thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over that Thou hast gotten.
15,17 Thou bringest them in, and plantest them in the mountain of Thine inheritance,
the place, O LORD, which Thou hast made for Thee to dwell in, the sanctuary, O Lord,
which Thy hands have established.
15,18 The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.
15,19 For the horses of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea,
and the LORD brought back the waters of the sea upon them;
but the children of Israel walked on dry land in the midst of the sea. {P}
15,20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand;
and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
15,21 And Miriam sang unto them:
Sing ye to the LORD, for He is highly exalted:
the horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea.
{S} 15,22 And Moses led Israel onward from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. 15,23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. 15,24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying:
‘What shall we drink?’
15,25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD showed him a tree, and he cast it into the waters, and the waters were made sweet. There He made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there He proved them; 15,26 and He said:
‘If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His eyes, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon thee, which I have put upon the Egyptians; for I am the LORD that healeth thee.’

{S} 15,27 And they came to Elim, where were twelve springs of water, and three score and ten palm-trees; and they encamped there by the waters. 16,1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. 16,2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron in the wilderness; 16,3 and the children of Israel said unto them:
‘Would that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh-pots, when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’ {S} 16,4 Then said the LORD unto Moses:
‘Behold, I will cause to rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in My law, or not. 16,5 And it shall come to pass on the sixth day that they shall prepare that which they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.’
16,6 And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel:
‘At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt; 16,7 and in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that He hath heard your murmurings against the LORD; and what are we, that ye murmur against us?’
16,8 And Moses said:
‘This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against Him; and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.’
16,9 And Moses said unto Aaron:
‘Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel:
Come near before the LORD; for He hath heard your murmurings.’
16,10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spoke unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. {P}

‘Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them/portion16.iii

Exodus 14,15 And the LORD said unto Moses:
‘Wherefore criest thou unto Me?

speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward. 14,16 And lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thy hand over the sea, and divide it; and the children of Israel shall go into the midst of the sea on dry ground. 14,17 And I, behold, I will harden* the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall go in after them; and I will get Me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. 14,18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten Me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.’
14,19 And the angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud removed from before them, and stood behind them; 14,20 and it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud and the darkness here, yet gave it light by night there; and the one came not near the other all the night. 14,21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all the night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 14,22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 14,23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 14,24 And it came to pass in the morning watch, that the LORD looked forth upon the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of cloud, and discomfited the host of the Egyptians. 14,25 And He took off their chariot wheels, and made them to drive heavily; so that the Egyptians said:
‘Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.’ {P}

*make strong, brave